Investigations has shown that there is an ongoing plan to sideline the south-east zone from the APC power sharing formular, which was an idea promoted by former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in his quest to ensure that he installs Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila as the Speaker of the House of Representatives at all cost.
A member of the one of the committees created to deliberate on the issue of zoning in the APC, confided in The Guardian Friday night that Tinubu is pushing for the former National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Audu Ogbeh, to occupy the position of the SGF.
The source disclosed that apart from backing Ogbeh for the position, the decision is borne out of the grand plan to stop Senator Bukola Saraki’s near-success campaign to succeed Senator David Mark as the next President of Senate.
“The game plan is to block Saraki’s chances and ensure that the South West gets the position of Speaker of House of Representatives this time around. The Tinubu camp believes that given the role they played in the emergence of Muhammadu Buhari as presidential candidate of APC and president-elect, it would be politically unwise not to produce one of the leaders of the two-chamber National Assembly,” he explained.
The Tinubu camp reportedly argued that giving the post of SGF to the South East would amount to “rewarding an absentee candidate with high marks”.
Before now, reports had emanated from the APC camp that the South-East Zone has been penciled down for the SGF position. The zone had already shortlisted three candidates for the post including former national chairman of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Ogbonaya Onu, former Governor of Anambra State, Senator Chris Ngige and current Secretary to the Imo State Government (SSG), Prof. Awurum.
As the race for Senate President gathers momentum, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State has expressed “total and unreserved support” for Senator Ahmed Lawan’s aspirations to clinch the position.
In a statement in Damaturu, the state capital, yesterday, Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Affairs and Information, Abdullahi Bego, said: “Governor Gaidam believes strongly that at this pivotal moment in our nation’s history when the entire country is mobilized for positive change, the Senate needs a leader who has the requisite experience, knowledge and network to organise and bring fellow senators around the issues that are uppermost in the minds of all Nigerians – security, jobs, education, quality healthcare, electric power supply, among others.